Based on the glorious East Devon coast, Allan has developed his distinctive approach to creating compositions in hand cut glass sculptures and wall art over the last twenty years.
My favourite material is transparent coloured glass made in Venice which I then hand cut to compose unique artworks. Nothing else can use light to add vitality and vibrancy to my work. The mood and strength of colours change through the day as the ambient light levels alter.
Intriguing and expressive, abstract and contemporary.
Marc Chagall, for me, has a fascinating approach to conveying meaning in his work and was a master of colour. All Saints Church, Tudeley, Kent is the only church in the world where all its windows are designed by Chagall. These windows create such a powerful yet calming atmosphere.
When I design an artwork for a client commission I always aim to be sympathetic to the intended location in terns of size, materials, subject and tonal colours. When I create an artwork with an integral wood substrate I respond to the grain and texture of the substrate too, so that the glasswork is in sympathy with the wood.
Last year I worked very closely with a client to create an artwork 8 feet by 2 feet as an external courtyard installation. I enjoyed particularly working on that design because of the close dialogue throughout the project. I made two small samples using the range of colours selected and these were evaluated on site to make sure the tonal range was appropriate. It is always hugely satisfying to work with enthusiastic clients!
My method of work and the materials I use dictate that each artwork I create takes a substantial number of hours work. I will continue to focus on maintaining my distinctive style whilst devising fresh compositions that meet client commission briefs in artistic and financial terms.
To view more examples of Allan's work visit http://www.artopunto.co